70 Years of Long-Distance Moving in Fort Lauderdale

Decades of professional moving experience. With 70 years in Ft. Lauderdale and South Florida, and over 100 years of long distance moving experience since opening our doors, Suddath® can move you to wherever you need to go across the country. Through efficient planning, trusted partners through United Van Lines and quality resources, no destination is too far or remote.

Our goal is to simplify the moving process. From the initial estimation process all the way through to final delivery, Suddath moves are supported by a dedicated move coordinator, so you can focus more on your new home and less on the details.

We understand that most people don’t move across long distances very often. This means your needs will be slightly unpredictable. If what your move requires changes suddenly, Suddath has the resources to accommodate for it without delay.

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Quick, Transparent Moving Quote

Moving is frequently noted as the third most stressful time in a person’s life and it’s understandable – moving long distance is no small task. There are a lot of details to manage, and you need a knowledgeable and trustworthy partner to help you get to your new destination.

By performing a comprehensive home survey, either virtually or in-person, an experienced representative can properly assess the scope of your move by itemizing contents and accounting for any circumstances like needing specialized equipment or packing preparation. 

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Dedicated Move Coordinators

When you’re moving long distance, you want a trusted team helping you through the journey. One of the ways we do that is by assigning each customer a move coordinator. This person will be your single point of contact throughout your relocation. They will advise you on everything from schedules and packing needs to helping you understand smaller considerations, like non-allowables – items that cannot be placed into a moving truck for safety and health reasons.

Work with your move coordinator during the estimate process for any unique items you need moved. They will coordinate with the move team, ensuring the crew is properly equipped on move day.

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Climate-Controlled Storage Options

Our customizable moving services and extensively trained employees extend into our storage offerings as well. We are able to provide secure storage options for our long-distance customers, including custom crating options, as well as specialty options for delicate items such as art, wine collections or antiques.

The convenience of these services, assisted by your single point of contact move coordinator, has allowed us to continue to provide the best possible moving and storage experience.

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Suddath is a Top Agent for United Van Lines

Your long-distance journey will be guided by your Suddath branch in Fort Lauderdale along with strong United Van Lines partner agents across the nation helping to facilitate your full move. Since no single moving company has the capacity for branches in every city in the country, Suddath has cultivated a decades-long relationship with America’s #1 van line and agent network, United Van Lines. Our partner networks offer 600 agent locations and service 180,000 moves annually. They are carefully evaluated, adhering to the same safety and quality standards Suddath is known for.

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Motorcycle moving

Although it may be your dream to take your motorcycle on the open road, during a cross-country move it may not be possible. However, we can help get it to your destination.

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Piano Moving

Instruments are delicate and beloved items in our homes. Our team is specially trained to successfully and safely move your piano and instruments.

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Custom Crating

Our team is trained to build custom crates for items like antiques and uniquely shaped or sized belongings to properly protect them during transportation.

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Boat Moving

If you’re moving to or from Fort Lauderdale and need to relocate your boat, we can coordinate that service with one of our trusted partners.

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How should I vet a long-distance moving company?

Through plenty of research. First and foremost, confirm that the organization meets all compliance and regulation standards in the industry. The Better Business Bureau, user reviews from trusted sources such as Google, accreditations and positive recognition are all helpful resources. It is important to make sure that your moving company has a valid Department of Transportation (DOT) number on the FMSCA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) official website, as this is a requirement for all commercial carrier vehicles.

When choosing a cross-country mover, it is also important to have a thorough quoting process. Home surveys are particularly important to get a realistic view of what the move will entail. We have compiled a list of things you may want to ask cross-country movers concerning the specific costs associated with a long-distance move.

We’ve shared a few more ways to ensure the legitimacy of a moving company, such as checking on online presence, industry recognition and more.

If I need storage at the last minute, can you provide that?

Yes, we can. In a move of any distance, but especially one with a long-distance destination, your moving company must be adaptable to manage any unforeseen circumstances. With Suddath, there is no need to stress when a change of plan arises.

Much like our 120,000-square foot storage warehouse in the Ft. Lauderdale area, we have similar facilities across the nation that accommodate short- and long-term storage needs quickly and efficiently.

Some features include:

• Storage in transit (SIT) if your new destination isn’t quite ready
• Temperature-controlled storage
• Climate-controlled storage option for humidity-sensitive items

Learn more about our storage options on our page detailing how we can help with long- and short-term storage.

How can I organize my household items for a long-distance move?

By managing 50,000 moves per year, Suddath has acquired a wealth of knowledge to assist customers with all kinds of moving questions. From using our detailed moving checklist that provides an overarching timeline for your entire move, to more detailed documentation such as moving with kids specifically, your dedicated move coordinator can help you devise a plan that works for you.

Getting your house organized is an important step. Determining which items will be relocating with you, what items you can sell, and what you can donate will help you pare down the contents for easier inventorying.

Understanding what can be transported on a moving truck is also helpful. By law, there are certain items that are considered “non-allowables” that we cannot load onto the truck. Things like paint, chemicals, flammables and more fall under this category. For a detailed list, check out our blog here.

Should I know anything about moving long-distance during the summer?

Summer is peak moving time for obvious reasons – lighter family schedules in some instances, minimal disruption to the school year when moving with kids, the ability to take more vacation time and pleasant weather (hopefully!).

However, there are some things to consider when choosing a summer move:

• Cost is a top factor – peak days in summer moves may cost more because of availability and demand. Being flexible with your dates could have a positive effect on your budget.
• Weather, or hot summer weather in this case, can also pose some concerns, which may be magnified when moving throughout the southern region of the country (such as Ft. Lauderdale). Take necessary precautions to minimize any problems – make sure all your belongings are dry before they’re packed away (no damp towels or clothes) as well as considering the health of your family members. After all, moving is strenuous; the heat can certainly exacerbate that.

With Suddath’s origins being in the sunny, hot Florida climate, we can offer plenty of advice on summer month moves here.

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